Parents' Guide to

Evil Dead: The Game

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Gruesome, gory and graphic horror best for mature players.

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If you're a fan of the campy movie franchise, this is a surprisingly fun and gory game. Plus, those who enjoy similar team-based survival horror action games like Left 4 Dead 2, Dead by Daylight and Back 4 Blood, will no doubt enjoy Evil Dead: The Game. Aside from the deliciously dark ambience of this game, you'll be happy to know there's plenty of variety in your gameplay. Survivors will roam about the large outdoor and indoor spaces (connected by pathways and trees), collecting weapons, ammo and items (like map pieces or Shemp's Cola for health boosts). While you're working together with your group, you'll blast or slash away at the oncoming undead, and work towards activating relics or unlocking new areas. As a Demon, you'll take more of a management role to ensure your hoard is well equipped to attack humans and power up your defenses -- because you're going to need the help (it's challenging to get out of a half-circle of Survivors wielding chainsaws, swords and shotguns). The variety in gameplay (intense combat and eerily quiet times to forage for resources) and relative non-linearity is refreshing.

The single-player missions are also quite tough. While lacking variety, they can help you "sharpen" your skills before taking on skilled opponents online. To add additional strategy, Evil Dead: The Game features four classes and character-specific abilities (though they don't feel too different), skill trees for Survivors and Demons, and earning experience points (XP). Some of the balancing issues were tied to the lopsided difficulty between Survivors and Kandarian Demon forces, damage that favors guns over melee attacks, and issues with the Support class -- but this could be fixed with patches, no doubt. At least the extreme gore is balanced with sardonic humor (including fresh one-liners from Ash). Overall, Evil Dead: The Game is a bloody good time for you and your horror film-loving friends.

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